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Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain, Revised and Expanded Edition Paperback – September 23, 2008
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I believe this book is a must for musicians, who will probably acquire new understandings regarding the dimensions of their music in relation to their own brains.
As for the perceived redundancy, I kept waiting for the conclusion or wrap-up that would provide the overarching theme to all the seemingly disconnected patient stories, but to no avail. It almost felt as if the stories were starting to repeat themselves but with different patient names. The length too felt far too long, almost as if everything presented in the first half were just recycled for the second. Additionally, the writing style is very informal and easy to digest, which is not necessarily a positive. The book begins to feel as if the author were afraid to intelligently, academically, and thoroughly dissect the subject matter for fear of alienating too many readers. The result is a glossy feeling, like you're reading the U.S.A. Today version of something that could have really offered some insightful perspectives.
Promising topic, but presented without much organization, background information, or conclusion. I'm surprised that an editor would allow such breadth to be published without any true depth.
Sacks writes in a clear and straightforward manner. It is wonderful to find medical writing that is so accessible. There is some material here from his prior books, but it does not detract from this work. This is a highly engaging and informative book. I took great pleasure in reading it. If you are interested in music or science, you will enjoy this new offering from Oliver Sacks.
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Wow! Amazing! Dr. Sacks uncovers so much information on issues that many of us never knew existed! I've read some of his other books, and became a fan, right off. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Rennyrij
Fascinating book on neurological conditions and their relationship to music that combines case studies and historical examples. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Irene
Fantastic work by Oliver Sacks as he illustrates the connection between music and the human mind. An eye opener into the world of music therapy, and a thoughtful work expressing... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Noman Shah
A great analysis from one of the most influential researchers in the field.Published 2 months ago by Sergio
The book is about the brain and how music interacts with the brain - and also how that interaction is perceived by the brain. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Fredrick Upchurch